Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Desperate times call for ... Maybin
By Rich Cimini
With their defense coming off perhaps its worst game of the Rex Ryan era, the Jets re-signed one of the NFL's worst draft picks in recent memory -- former Bills No. 1 pick Aaron Maybin. ESPN's Adam Schefter first reported it.
The Jets originally picked up the pass rusher in the preseason after he was dumped by the Bills, but he was cut by the Jets the day after the final cutdown. He actually looked decent against second- and third-stringers, but not good enough for Rex Ryan.
Two thoughts come to mind on this move:
• Ryan recognizes the need to add speed in the front seven, especially on the edge. That's one thing Maybin has -- speed. Presumably, he'll be used as a pass rusher. Against the Raiders, the Jets didn't get close to QB Jason Campbell.
• This is a message to OLB Jamaal Westerman, the top backup and a situational rusher. Westerman missed a tackle 12 yards behind the line of scrimmage on Denarius Moore's 23-yard TD run on a reverse.